Avenue of Flags 50th Anniversary
Did you know the original location for Highway 101 built back in 1917 is today’s Avenue of Flags? It’s true! And many of the buildings here today were originally built to service travelers in the early 1900s. As a result, they each maintain their historic character in present day, making this a nostalgic road to travel upon.
The highway was moved to its current location in the 1960s due to increased traffic and safety concerns, yet the old lanes and medians remained. While businesses struggled with the loss of direct traffic, owner of Pea Soup Andersen’s Restaurant Vincent B. Evans brought the city and business community together to support renaming the route.
On September 28, 1968, Governor Ronald Reagan dedicated this historic route Avenue of Flags. The intention was to breathe life back in to the local businesses, and preserve the historic route for future travelers to enjoy. As a result, we have beautifully manicured grass medians and an open thoroughfare through this part of town.
It’s hard to believe this was just 50 years ago! In honor of this historic event, a public celebration will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Festivities begin with the ceremony from 10:30am-11:30am. Following its conclusion, there will be a host of other fun activities to explore.
In closing, want to take a step back in time with us? Check out these photos from the original event: